Press Gazette May issue: A new dawn - Press Gazette

Press Gazette May issue: A new dawn

At Press Gazette we’ve come to learn that it really ain’t over until the fat lady sings.

When last month’s announcement that Press Gazette was closing coincided with Susan Boyle’s now legendary appearance on Britain’s Got Talent – the signs appeared ominous.

So I am delighted to be previewing the May issue of the magazine not as our swansong, but as the dawn of a new era for Press Gazette – following the news last week that we have been bought by Progressive Media.

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Apologies for the May issue being a few days late to subscribers – but it should be with everyone by the middle of next week after going to the printers tonight.

Highlights include:

  • Using facebook to go undercover: “Drug dealers were using the site to tout for business…stupid, but a great story.”
  • Peter Kirwan on why the salvation of Press Gazette could light a beacon for the regional press.
  • David Singleton on the culture of “client journalism” in parts of the political media.
  • Jeremy Leslie on the “new ugly” in magazine design.
  • And Peter Sands on how editors can deal with newsroom conflict.

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There’s also:

  • A souvenir supplement showcasing the award-winning work from the 2009 British Press Awards
  • A farewell interview with outgoing Press Complaints Commission Chairman Sir Christopher Meyer in which he hits back at suggestions that the PCC cannot survive the lawless online age.
  • McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell reflects on life two years after the three-year-old’s disappearance in Portugal.
  • BBC magazines boss Peter Phippen explains why the future is bright for the magazine industry.

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